Ginny & Georgia‘s Antonia Gentry has shared an Instagram post that thanked fans of the show for their ongoing support amid the Taylor Swift joke backlash.

ICYMI: Gentry’s character told a friend in the coming of age series that they “go through men faster than Taylor Swift.” Shortly after the episode aired on Netflix, the hashtag #RESPECTTAYLORSWIFT began trending online, as many fans thought the line was unfair and sexist.

Even Swifty herself chimed in on the drama, and slammed the show for the “deeply sexist” and “degrading” joke.

“Hey Ginny & Georgia, 2010 called and it wants its lazy, deeply sexist joke back. How about we stop degrading hard working women by defining this horse shit as FuNnY,” Swift wrote on Twitter.

“Also, @netflix after Miss Americana this outfit doesn’t look cute on you Happy Women’s History Month I guess.”

Gentry has unfairly copped a lot of this backlash. People seem to forget that she’s an actor, not a writer. And if anyone is to blame it’s them, or it’s the people on top who okayed it. There’s no point slamming a young actress who just read out a line that was given to her.

In the heartfelt Instagram post, Gentry defended her character Ginny Miller.

“Ginny Miller, though fictional, is a character who reflects all of life’s contradictions and imperfections,” Antonia Gentry wrote.

“She is a character among many in the show who implicate us all. She shows us our own biases, prejudices and injustices.”

I don’t believe the writers were intentionally trying to slut-shame Taylor Swift. If anything, they were just trying too hard to be relevant with Gen Z. But the problem is that no one would even make that joke now. It’s the type of joke a middle-aged talk show host like Jimmy Kimmel would’ve made in 2011. Not a joke that a young black woman would make in 2021?? Maybe Jimmy Kimmel was the one who wrote that line.

I think I’m more offended that someone thought that joke was funny. It’s like when Saved By The Bell tried to be relevant and made fun of Selena Gomez for losing a kidney.

Who wakes up and says: “You know what this generation wants to see? Their favourite childhood idols slammed on a fictional TV show.”

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